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Well, here we are at the end of another year and I’ve been thinking of all I’ve done this year.  It has, by far, been the most productive year since I’ve started any of my crafts.  I would like to show off my accomplishments by the categories I create in.

First we have sewing and the big thing that happened to me this year was the discovery of sewing blogs and happened upon Carolyn .  She was the one that set in me the drive to step out of my fear of sewing for the new sized me.  I was sewing for my daughters and that was going well but I wouldn’t dare make a garment for myself.  Not only was this the year to sew for myself it was also the year to learn to read patterns.  What I learned this year was to have a good garment you have to plan and take your time to properly execute a fit that in the end is flattering for you.   So here’s my sewing garments ’08 projects

Now on to my crochet projects.  This was the year I found Afya Ibomu of Get Your Crochet On.  This was actually the only thing I could figure out on my own as a child but didn’t know how to put it all together so now you can link to my crochet hats from Ms. Ibomu.  Crochet projects ’08 I look forward to adding some crocheted garments to my wardrobe in ’09.

I don’t talk about this craft often but it’s the one that catapolted me into the world of blogging and opened the way to sewing and knitting.  So without further ado here’s my Quilting ’08 project I actually added every quilt I’ve done since starting this craft.

How could I list my projects without including my knitting.  Here are my knitting projects for ’08 there are more projects somewhere around my Flickr so take a cruise.

Now on to 2009

I’m looking forward to managing my time so that all my crafts get some attention and my completed project list is longer than in ’08.  In my knitting I would like to try lace knitting and actually have a few sweaters for myself when it’s all said and done.  I would also like to work on having a better fit as the fit of my first sweater my Green Gable is not exactly what it should be.

In sewing I want to learn how to fit my shape better and improve my lining skills as it is my goal to make an outer garment.   Sewing should bring about more confidence in projects I tackle  and a fabulously flattering wardrobe.

In crochet I hope to create some garments.  Honestly,  my biggest desire is to write a pattern and actually have it work.  I have always created for others and in 2009 I really want to increase my wardrobe with items I created.

I will be keeping a running count of how much yarn I bust through in 2009,  I will do more to give to charity through my crafts.  I would like to give locally as I feel the need to help my community as we are facing a devastating job loss market here in my region of Ohio.

There will be a monthly review of the podcasts I listen to as they too cover every craft I do.  It will be the last Saturday of every month beginning Jan. 2009.   I will also try to feature a new pattern from the many pattern books I have not so much that they will be new to you but we can take a look at how it comes together.   I would also love to review different products and books that I have as a way of pushing myself to keep busy and productive.

Here’s hoping that you’ve had a wonderful year of creating and learning and growing as an artist and in 2009 I look forward to what the year will bring to all of us in our nature to share the warmth of creating something from a beautiful yarn, fabric, beads, embroidery as only you can.


I feel bad that I wasn’t able to post on my FOF but all I have are WIP’s on the sewing, quilting, crocheting, and knitting front. But I will include photos. First, I’ll talk about my sewing. I did cut out my second top made from McCalls 5401 and I also have my Burda Easy 7793 Shell cut and pieced just need to make the shell that goes underneath. So I’m really making some headway in my sewing endeavors. My youngest daughter and true fashionista in the house designed a skirt a month or so ago, bought her fabric and asked me to make it for her well last week we started it and here’s a few pics:


this is the front of the skirt                    this is the back w/markings for the darts and zipper

My next project that I thought would have to take a high dive into the Frog Pond is my Flair sweater that I’m knitting for the Ebony Elite Ravelry Group. The problem that I run into at times is second guessing myself when reading some patterns as I’m unsure still of certain techniques. So far I ran into the thing of casting on the additional stitches with the backward loop cast on as it is a loose cast on that caused me some panic until I thought about won’t be seen once the neckline is applied. The second area where I couldn’t get my mind to comprehend what I was reading was the making of the first button hole. I just couldn’t figure out the whole process while maintaining the seed st. pattern indicated on the pattern. Well with the help of googling and asking questions on Ravelry I finally got is figured out. Here’s my progress on my flair and thank you CrimsonPurl our EESistah Moderator for extending this KAL. I’m using Serendipity Tweed in Cherry Blossom from Brown Sheep Company

My next items are Library Enhancements for my Magic Loop Knitting I’m really getting into this method for sock knitting and glad that I’m adventurous in trying new techniques. First I purchased Antje Gillingham’s Knitting Circles around Socks

I found two patterns in this book that caught my attention right away and that’s Fixation and Lace the lime green ones on the cover and Diamonds and Lace (not pictured) both seem pretty straight forward at first glance of the patterns Her book focuses on using 2 cirs at a time which is fairly quick knitting for those of you are coming from the 4 DPN’s. I also purchased Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ 2-at-a-time Socks I’m not so drawn to the patterns as I am drawn to the technique that she gives. With that being said, I do like Belle Epoque and Spice(like the colorwork) First she has all patterns sized and coded in Women’s med., Womens’ Lg/Mens Sm, and Men’s Med.

Now although I like both of these books for they offer a wealth of knowledge they leave out two items that would complete the whole spectrum of sock knitting and one would be to include toe-up and secondly short row heels. No this is just my take on what I’m would like to see in a book of this nature that would make me feel that every option to socks was included.

My Next venture is Fetching……..yes, I’m the last knitter who hasn’t just started knitting to make a pair. I will be using Knit Picks Merino Style in Dusk these are for a SWAP partner on Ravelry.

Well it’s time that I run so that there will be something to show on Friday. Be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace, and be CREATIVE.

To continue with my last post I got my report back from the mammogram and everything looks good. Thank the Lord. I’m still awaiting my other results but I know that things will be fine. While awaiting the results, I kept myself occupied with all of my crafting and mid-term prep. I finished some UFO’s and used up some items from my stash and purchased some new yarns for hats.

I’ll include the pics and then give the details. So first up we have my 2nd skirt made from black and white cotton fabric from my stash.

Black & white skirt This is Simplicity 4881 2 hour skirt. I made this skirt before but this time it was alot easier as I made the View B. I used my pinking shears to cut the seam lines and then I sewed them and did a top stitch.

View 1 of Scarf This is the scarf that I had intended to go with my Mother’s Calorimetry I gave her for Christmas but 1/4th of the way I ran out of the yarn. I finally finished this last week and then decided to add a crochet edge to add a bit of whimsy. Here’s the close up of the edging.

Lastly, I’ve been trying to get these socks off my needles but that just wasn’t going as planned. I did managed to finally get the heels done on them both….so here’s that pic:

So here’s the things I’ve been working on this past week and as all crafters know it’s good to finish something and I feel a joy everytime something comes off the needles or my sewing machine has sewn it’s last stitch of a project.

In new fiber news and old loves, I have to say that I started my love for fiber as a crocheter and since there’s a very talented designer on the scene named Afya Ibomu of the famed Get your Crochet On! series I have decided to get my hooks out and get back into the groove of crocheting. I started the Soldier cap which I will post pics of this later this week. There has been much time to reflect and reorganize my creative priorities and I want to make sure this year that I include all of them. There are times as all of you well know there just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything but making an effort is half the battle.

Well I’m out of here for now but remember to be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace, and be creative

Here’s what’s been going on in my creative world in the last week  I have 3 UFO’s

Ribbed Scarf for part of a Christmas Present for my Mother

Ribbed scarf

Here’s my Green Gable 3 that’s been on the needles for 6 months now and I finally have the waist increase correct so further progress can be made.

Green Gable 3

 My oldest DD’s Basick Toe-Up Socks using Cascade Cloud 9 yarn in Pink on the Magic Loop I cast these on about 10 days ago but I’m finding that not as much knitting is getting done as I would like.  But progress is being made

Socks on ML

My newest venture has been getting my plans together for a wardrobe for myself and in looking around the blogging world and I found Erica B.,  Cidell, Toya, Carolyn, Adrienne, Lovely, Mimi, and the Sewing Divas who are putting the word out about sewing, swayback and full bust adjustments and made me want get it together and make a wardrobe that enhances me and my style which I’m still coming into.  With all this said,  I finally broke down and ordered the BWOF Plus magazine.  I went to my local art store and purchased the tracing paper of 20 yds. x 24″ for $9.70.   I look forward to having a wonderful experience sewing for myself.  I do have one thing to say about the BWOF patterns I’ve been reading the instructions to figure out the correct means to go about tracing out the right size.  At first glance, it just looks like a jumbled mess but upon 2 days of gazing I’m starting to get the layout.  Wish me luck.

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My best photo has to be the package that came in the mail today from my Secret Swap Partner  Saffista from the Ravelry Group EbonyElite Sista Friend my scarf is made using JJ’s Specialty Yarns from the Montage collection the colorway is PassionFruit which is so what a girl can use in the frigid cold of Ohio with a matching Calorimetry very delectable handmade Truffles, and sweater key ring to commerate the SWAP and the most special thing was her handwritten note.  This was a very wonderful experience and I look forward to participating in more SWAPs this year. 

SWAP package

That should be enough to hold everyone until at least next Tuesday when I plan to have another FO I just don’t know which one it will be.  Until my next post take time out to live, laugh and love this is a great mantra. 

 ~~Happy Crafting & Be Creative~~

I’m forging ahead to get my goal of creating my own wardrobe.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading to gain a better understanding of pattern adjustments.  This has always been my problem and why clothing for me hasn’t turned out to good.  I took the time to do a very thorough measurement of myself and I think that I’m ready to start working with my newly purchased patterns.  I went to WalMart to get my oil changed yesturday and while waiting I went over to the fabric department to look at the pattern books at the Khaliah Ali Collection from Simplicity to see what Plus size Petite patterns I could find.  Not only did I find 2 patterns I like I also found this Simplicity Guide book. 



This skirt pattern is nice for it’s many variations of designs.  I can see making several of the views to enhance my wardrobe. This is Simplicity Pattern 4706  for Petites.  I’m hoping not many adjustments will have to be made with this pattern.


I love this jacket pattern because it’s good for women with a smaller torso and larger bottom at least I love the way several of the jackets I have drape on my frame.  I look forward to having many options for design/embellishing with this pattern.

I want to say “Thank YOU” to Erica, for showing that a casual can be chic Carolyn @ for being so candid regarding pattern adjustments for the fuller figure and staying Divalicious in the process, Toya,for sharing your infectious laughter and grace in shedding light on specs in the crafting world; Cidell, I look to you for trendy, fun and exciting garments and fabric choices and Adrienne for adding fuel to the fire of my desire to create garments for myself.  I worked in a factory for 8 years and totally got away from dressing up except for church and didn’t have an everyday ladylike wardrobe anymore so CHEERS to the Divas of Fashion Sewing.   I hope that in the coming weeks I will be able to evolve my wardrobe into something I can be proud of. 


For those of you who don’t knit you may or may not know of Ravelry.  It’s a new online community for knitters, crocheters and fiber fanatics and it consumes your every spare moment.  I got my invite last month and have uploaded 47 yarn group pics of my stash, completed 4 projects and started several new ones.   Okay now that my fiber talk is out the way, we can focus on fabric. I did complete my latest baby quilt and the couple was really happy to recieve it.    

I have also decided to start garment sewing for myself so this will be my quilting and sewing page.  I have been looking at Erica B’s blog for around a year now and have always been a fan of her sewing and have found others through her blog and by searching for sewing podcasts.  One person I have come to enjoy following is Carolyn her sewing has inspired me to not give up my dream of sewing for myself.  As a plus size petite lady it’s hard to find clothing that fits well and suits that the back section doesn’t have that annoying bubble in the middle of the back.    I purchased some fabric for my SWAP  that stands for Sewing With a Purpose.  The concept behind that is to plan out your sewing that you end up with a coordinating wardrobe.   This idea appealed to me so much so that I began looking for some patterns and material that would work for some existing items already in my wardrobe and thinking of items I needed to add.    I purchased Simplicity patterns 4881 and 4877 both of which have 6 variations.

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